A review of Nigerian players’ performance in Thursday’s Europa League games.
The Europa League returned on Thursday, September 28 and a host of Nigerian players featured for their clubs in Europe.
Chuba Akpom (Arsenal)
Nigerian-born Akpom was on the bench the whole 90 minutes as his Arsenal teammates beat host Bate Borisov 4-2.
His compatriot, Alex Iwobi did not travel with the team because of a minor injury.
Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C.)
Super Eagles striker Anthony Nwakaeme scored a consolation for Israeli Champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C. in their 3-1 loss to FC Viktoria Plzeň on Thursday.
Nwakaeme was introduced in the 62nd minute and scored seven minutes later.
John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C.)
Nigeria international midfielder John Ogu played all 90 minutes but could not help Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C. to avoid a 3-1 defeat to FC Viktoria Plzeň.
Alhaji Gero (Öestersunds)
Alhaji Gero played 90 minutes and scored the winner for Swedish club Oestersunds Fc in their impressive 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
Friday Eze (Koyanspor)
Nigerian striker Eze registered an assist in Koyanspor’s 2-0 win over Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal.
He assisted his side 24th-minute goal before picking up a yellow card in the 62nd minute.
His compatriot Imoh Ezekiel was an unused substitute for the game.
Alhassan Ibrahim (Austria Wien)
Alhassan Ibrahim played 60 minutes as Austria Wien managed a 2-2 draw at home to AEK Athens of Greece.
The former Akwa United player was booked in the 15th minute of the game.
Peter Olayinka (Zulte- Waregem)
Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka played just the second half in Zulte-Waregem’s 2-0 loss to Lazio.